How to Take Care of Your Sofa

The sofa is one of the most used furniture pieces in any household. As the centerpiece in the living room, it is one of the first things guests see when they enter your home. Whether located in public areas or the more private spaces in your house, the sofa deserves proper care and maintenance, as your family will use it for many years to come. Depending on its shape, configuration, material, and style, this versatile piece can set the tone of a room and also determine the functionality of a space, so take your time and carefully consider your choice of seating before making your purchase. These large pieces of furniture aren’t as easily replaced as pillows or accessories, so before buying one, consider your cleaning or maintenance habits and how you and your family will use them.  Follow these simple tips to keep them in great condition.




Upholstered sofas require regular plumping to maintain their shape. This isn’t rocket science, so any time an area seems sunken or misshapen, simply give it a few pats (or punches) to smoothen it back to its original shape. Plumping pushes air back into the filling, keeping your seating in good shape. Cushions and pillows should be plumped as well, and rotated to minimize wear and tear. Keep your seating clean. Remove dirt and debris by hand or with a soft brush. Fabric upholstery will benefit from gentle brushing to remove pressure marks and keep the pile high. Leather sofas can be also be cleaned with a duster. Vacuuming every so often is ideal, just be sure to set your cleaner on a low setting. Deal with liquid spills immediately to keep them from staining permanently. Make sure to test these cleaners on inconspicuous areas first.




If you’re on the more traditional side and your seating is made from wood, simply wipe it down with a soft, damp (never wet) cloth. Use polishes and cleaners sparingly, and make sure to check their labels for proper use. Protect wooden seats from liquids, moisture, heat or direct sunlight, and extreme changes in temperature, which can crack or dry wood.




Most sofas are made with a combination of a soft material with metal accents. Metal arms or legs are usually of aluminum or stainless steel. Simply wipe these areas down with a damp cloth and immediately follow through with a dry one. Water can rust metal pieces, so drying is important. Plastic furniture can simply be cleaned with a solution of water and mild soap. Just make sure they are rinsed and dried thoroughly to avoid leaving any sticky films.



Sofas are relatively easy to maintain, unless they are made from a delicate or special material. For these, you can always check cleaning labels or manufacturer instructions. If there are stains you can’t remove yourself, consider professional help. There are many companies today that provide this service.



This story first appeared on MyHome July 2017 by Hazel Santos, photo by Jamie Rapi Jr.. Edits were made for